Clearly in one of our longest running survey’s the winning answer begs the question, what are Bosco Sticks?
A few statistics on the elusive food item
- 15,000 a year of these are served at the high school alone each year
- Half the High School Students select them for lunch
- They are also served at the Middle School but not at the Elementary Schools
- They are 7 inches long and come two to a serving
- It is one of the favorite items for lunch, “the kids really like them”
- 85 million Bosco Sticks are sold worldwide each year!
Nancy Faucon, Food Service Director of Londonderry Schools said, “Bosco sticks are a soft fresh breadstick product filled with mozzarella cheese. When they are baking they smell like fresh warm rolls. We serve them with marinara sauce for dipping at the high school and middle school.
“Bosco sticks are manufactured by the Bosco Pizza Company in Warren Michigan. They are high in fiber, offering 4 grams of fiber per serving and low in fat with only 7 grams of fat per serving, 4 from saturated fat and 0 trans fats. An added bonus is the 25% calcium they provide as most people do not get enough calcium in their diet. For students that are diabetic and counting carbs there are 52 grams of carbohydrate. I understand there are plans for the company to offer retail packaging in the near future.”
They were invented when the Bosco people were working on a stuffed crust pizza in 1995, “Bosco launched the first commercially-made frozen stuffed crust pizza. But things really got exciting the day the crust came off a slice of stuffed crust pizza and we realized, “These would make great breadsticks!” And so the Bosco stick was invented.” according to Tim Campbell regional sales manager for Bosco’s Pizza Company.
Possibly we should have asked “Who is Johnny Bosco?”
From the Bosco’s Pizza Co. website
Our mascot, Johnny Bosco, looks like a kid who knows how to have fun, and he sure does! Sometimes, though, a kid and his parents don’t agree on what fun is. When Mark Artinian, founder of Bosco’s Pizza was young, a mischief maker’s parents would utter the empty threat, “I’m going to send you to the St. John Bosco Home for Boys!” At least, the mischief maker always assumed the threat was empty.
We don’t want to say that Mark was a mischievous child but, eventually, Mark’s friends began to call him by the name they heard his parents shouting after him as he ran out the door – Johnny Bosco. The name stuck.
It turns out that St. John Bosco is the patron saint of children, jugglers, and magicians. We think that’s fitting because, here at Bosco’s, we’re all about kids and fun. Today, of course, Mark is all grown up and his family is very proud of him. But Johnny Bosco remains as a symbol of the fun-loving kid in all of us.
Looks like the Bosco people know something we already do here in Londonderry, everyone loves apples!
What are Bosco Sticks
- Who Knows (43%)
- Dairy Product (40%)
- Vegetable (8%)
- White Meat (7%)
- Red Meat (2%)
Total Votes: 148